Taking the Rise

Andy Serkis has poor fashion sense, and measles.

What IS this? It started, I think, with TERMINATOR III: RISE OF THE MACHINES, the first disappointing non-Cameron outing in that series, and continued with FANTASTIC FOUR: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER, which kind of tanked, deservedly I’m sure. But now we’re getting THE DARK KNIGHT RISES and RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES. Are we reaching the point where all sequels will have the word RISE in their titles?

I once read somebody, I forget who, propose that in memory of HIGHLANDER II: THE QUICKENING, all sequels should contain the words “THE QUICKENING” in their titles, perhaps as a kind of awful warning, and I endorsed this notion, particularly looking forward to SPEED: THE QUICKENING and TERMINAL VELOCITY: THE QUICKENING. But why RISE?

I guess the word is assumed to have both an epic, important feeling, and a positive, uplifting resonance. But I can think of plenty more words which have only positive implications, so I don’t see why this lack of imagination should be allowed. How about PUDDING OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, or THE DARK KNIGHT WIGGLES?

12 Responses to “Taking the Rise”

  1. Kingsley Amis once poked fun at “hilariously dogmatic” titles like DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE–maybe THE DARK KNIGHT RISES is part of a resurgence in dogmatic titles… they should have called it THE DARK KNIGHT RISES AT THE BOX OFFICE for good luck.

  2. Not forgetting, of course, GI JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA.

  3. Well spotted, jh.

    IA, Amis and Larkin were notoriously keen on “tits and fangs” films.

    Taste the Blood of Dracula always strikes me as the funniest Hammer title, I always want to reply “And if I refuse?”

  4. No dessert!

  5. Christopher Says:

    memo to hollywood..Hey!..Rise THiS!

  6. Underworld; Rise of the Lycans!

    Reminds me of the 80s when all books of the Stephen King genre were called The Rising or The Shining etc. National Lampoon magazine then published a missile accurate story called The Gerunding.

  7. The Burning, yeah… The Cujo-ing…

    Maybe they’re just trying to make life easy for the folks who have to make porno versions.

  8. The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer clearly takes things just a little too far!

  9. Yes, that’s overegging the pudding (would that cause a pudding to rise too much?).

    Peter Cook’s title clearly touches on both The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui and all titles with The Rise and Fall… in them.

  10. Looks like this subject really got a rise out of your readers.



    FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED is my favorite dogmatic Hammer title. My dad once suggested FRANKENSTEIN ISN’T VERY NICE.

  11. Yes, FMBD is particularly dogmatic, as is the Japanese zero tolerance campaign Destroy All Monsters. Both reviewed elsewhere on this site. Hammer contemplated calling The Satanic Rites of Dracula by another, more dogmatic and lengthy title: Dracula is Alive and Well and Living in London. Although the “Alive” part is questionable.

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